I’m still trying to wrap my head around the results of the U.S. election (and on a self-imposed social media ban. I just can’t handle listening to predictions of what the next four years will be like). Luckily, books take me away from my personal woes. Perhaps they do for you as well. I am trying to finish up my Alphabet Challenge for the year, so I chose an Amanda Quick novel for my Q author. I’ve read a few of her books, and decided I wanted to read the first in the Arcane Society series. Luckily, my library had the book.
Genre: paranormal romance
Length: 390 pages
Setting: Victorian London
Summary: Venetia has to provide for herself, her brother and sister, and her maiden aunt when her parents unexpectedly die. She takes up photography and is fairly successful at it. She is hired by the Arcane Society to photograph some of their collection of artifacts. There, she meets and decides to seduce Gabriel Jones. Their tryst is interrupted by robbers trying to steal information on an alchemical formula. Venetia is sent home, believing Gabriel dead. She pretends to be his widow to gain respectability in her profession. Gabriel believes she has put herself in danger and goes to live with her in London to protect her. He is trying to figure out who is trying to steal the formula, and convince Venetia to actually marry him.
Final thoughts: Highly enjoyable and quickly read. This is the third Quick novel I’ve read and I’m starting to see a pattern. A strong female character is trying to make her own fortune in an inhospitable world using her paranormal abilities to help. She meets a dark, brooding man of the Arcane Society who sweeps her off her feet. They make passionate love and are separated by circumstances. They then must solve a mystery that ultimately brings them together (with the man realizing the independence of the woman) and we get some more made, passionate love-making. It’s enjoyable, light fluff with not too many details in the love-making scenes but I’m always happy when they get together at the end. It’s a bit formulaic, though, so I really shouldn’t read more than one a year or I’ll start to get a bit bored.
Title comes from: Venetia is able to see people’s auras
Reading challenges fulfilled: #87 in my Maybe 100 This Year Challenge, and a Q in my author Reading the Alphabet Challenge
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